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Phoenix police arrest man for pointing laser at helicopter

PHOENIX — Phoenix police said lasers were pointed at a police helicopter in
separate incidents in the city early Wednesday morning, with one resulting in an

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the helicopter was illuminated first near the 3700
block of West Tonopah Drive shortly after midnight.

Thomson said no arrest was made in that incident but that a man was arrested
after the helicopter was illuminated about two hours later near the 1800 block
of East Sheridan Street.

No other details were immediately available.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft can be dangerous because of possible injury to
the eyes of pilots and others.

Thompson said there is no immediate indication that the helicopter’s crew was
injured in Wednesday’s incidents.


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